Cook Pine

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Araucaria columnaris [Araucariaceae]
Origin: Isle of Pines and New Caledonia, South Pacific

In Hawaii confusion still rules over the difference between "Cook pines" and "Norfolk Island Pines." Though we tend to call these very similar trees "Norfolk Island pines," most are in fact Cook pines.

The difference between the two species is easiest to see in mature trees. Cook pines, as their name A. columnaris implies, have a much tighter, more columnar form, while the mature Norfolk Island pines have a wider, looser branching structure with more open space between the limbs.

Cook pines are sometimes called "Hawaiian Christmas trees."

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